The Audi S8 is recognized as a sport-oriented version of the A8 sedan. Available in Europe since 1996, the Audi S8 was first offered to United States customers for the 2001 model year. Powered by a 360-horsepower 4.2-liter V-8 channeled through quattro all-wheel drive, the 2001 Audi S8 was equipped with the luxury features befitting a high-end sedan. Dual-zone climate control system, heated and power-adjustable front seats as well as a Bose audio system was included standard on the 2001 Audi S8.
Discontinued after the 2003 model year, the Audi S8 was reintroduced in 2007 on an all-new platform powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 derived from the Lamborghini Gallardo. Riding on 20-inch alloy wheels spun by quattro all-wheel drive, the 450-horsepower 2007 Audi S8 once again featured a wealth of luxury and performance equipment. This second-iteration S8 was sold from 2007 until the end of the 2009 model year.
After a four-year absence, the latest addition of the Audi S8 was presented with a high-fashion A8 sedan persona. Including high-end convenience equipment such as a touch screen navigation and 22-way power-adjustable seats, the 2013 Audi S8 sedan’s propulsion was provided through a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. Producing 520 horsepower, the 2013 S8 engine channeled its output through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour with the 2013 Audi S8 is accomplished in 3.9 seconds.
Two times the charm is the adequate description of the dazzling Audi S8, which includes not one, but two turbochargers to make a jaw-dropping 520 horsepower. Of course, interior and exterior features match such gaudiness to deliver one fine, screamingly fast and decadent luxury automobile.
With subtle changes to the front and rear of this luxury sports sedan, the 2008 Audi S8 is back with the same 5.2L V10 which produces 450 hp that is pushed to the ground confidently with standard Quattro AWD.